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Any advice on setups to cool the area high powered electronics/PCs are in?

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April 6, 2014 11:58:56 PM

Any advice on super quiet homefans and/or ways I should set things up? This area is a friggen oven and its nowhere near hot out yet. I was thinking of venting up behind the ,middle of the area then pushing away at the ceiling. I get out the portable a/c eventually but I think that would still help circulate if I could find some really low decibel fans. Anyone do anything like this and have good results? I have also thought that mounting some fans on the monitors would really help disperse the heat. Anyone try this type of mod? Does it interfere with the video signal in anyways to add this on?
April 7, 2014 12:40:45 AM

speaking strictly as someone who lives in phoenix az, and who had an overclocked phenomII running through the summer without AC i know a few things that might help.

1) you need a case with epic airflow. I'm not talking about a case with a lot of mesh. contrary to popular belief lots of mesh can break up case airflow, and cause dead spots in the circulation. One of my housemates has a coolermaster haf 912, plenty of mesh, but lots of hotspots.

Do some research on the best computer cases for airflow. My antec 902 is one of the all time best for airflow... but there are other great airflow cases out there as good or better.

2) play with the airflow in your case. I played with extra fans in my case for a couple of weeks till i found the best setup for improving case airflow. in the end it took 2 more 120mm fans oriented pointing up, and swapping the tower air cooler from a back facing orientation to a top orientation to make it work right (my tower cooler works fine in either orientation, not all tower coolers work that way)

3) get some fans in your room, to circulate the air, anything to keep the temps livable.

If you are working it right, ambient air in the case in ALL areas in the case should be no more then 5C hotter then the room temps at any one time. ideally the ambient air temps in the case will be roughly the same as the room temp.
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April 7, 2014 12:47:27 PM

Ive got the coolermaster 932 and that does a good job of throwing the heat out the pc; and at me. One of my bigger problems is this case blowing the heat out to the surrounding area, but the other cases and monitors are problems as well. I was thinking of venting to another room or putting the actual PC in other rooms but this would be time consuming even though very effective. My computer does stay cool, probably cooler than the hot air behind the monitors where the PC spits its air out at as well.
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April 7, 2014 6:50:44 PM

horror said:
Ive got the coolermaster 932 and that does a good job of throwing the heat out the pc; and at me. One of my bigger problems is this case blowing the heat out to the surrounding area, but the other cases and monitors are problems as well. I was thinking of venting to another room or putting the actual PC in other rooms but this would be time consuming even though very effective. My computer does stay cool, probably cooler than the hot air behind the monitors where the PC spits its air out at as well.


You know if you don't mind a little "do it yourself" project, you could make a water loop that feeds the water to a radiator outside the house or in another room. You'll probably need a serious water pump to push all that extra water for all that extra tubing but it is a solution to your problem.
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April 7, 2014 9:59:16 PM

ingtar33 said:
horror said:
Ive got the coolermaster 932 and that does a good job of throwing the heat out the pc; and at me. One of my bigger problems is this case blowing the heat out to the surrounding area, but the other cases and monitors are problems as well. I was thinking of venting to another room or putting the actual PC in other rooms but this would be time consuming even though very effective. My computer does stay cool, probably cooler than the hot air behind the monitors where the PC spits its air out at as well.


You know if you don't mind a little "do it yourself" project, you could make a water loop that feeds the water to a radiator outside the house or in another room. You'll probably need a serious water pump to push all that extra water for all that extra tubing but it is a solution to your problem.



I have thought of this before. Expensive solution to one of the computers heat. Not the monitors still which feel like a big part of the problem.
I would also still get power supply heat right (and hdd)? that seems to be the second biggest heat factor outside of the gfx cards.
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April 8, 2014 12:59:01 PM

well, you can always go crazy with these types of things. it might just be easier (though more expensive) to get yourself a window ac unit.
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April 8, 2014 1:55:01 PM

ingtar33 said:
well, you can always go crazy with these types of things. it might just be easier (though more expensive) to get yourself a window ac unit.


Already have one portable, but its not enough on the hottest days and in spring/winter/fall months all I really need is this air to be spread to other areas that are cold. I was looking at getting a different portable to pipe the cold air directly into the PC, but that would be a 3,000BTU upgrade max and mainly for cooling the pc parts. Not sure if it would evenly cool the room better due to the monitors and other electronics.
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April 8, 2014 2:24:57 PM

ingtar33 said:
One of my housemates has a coolermaster haf 912, plenty of mesh, but lots of hotspots.


With the HAF912 case, anywhere there is mesh, you put a fan. You can fit a 120mm fan under the dvd drive and have straight through airflow to the CPU cooler. Tell your housemate to do that.
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April 8, 2014 2:32:49 PM

RCguitarist said:
ingtar33 said:
One of my housemates has a coolermaster haf 912, plenty of mesh, but lots of hotspots.


With the HAF912 case, anywhere there is mesh, you put a fan. You can fit a 120mm fan under the dvd drive and have straight through airflow to the CPU cooler. Tell your housemate to do that.



My HAF has so many fans I don't see how there is room for air to move! :p . Seriously a thermaltake frio just turns this beast into one big quiet fan. I dont recommend the case though as its design is a bit off has spot for 2 power supply locations but that space cant be used for extended motherboards or big PCIE cards while the case is stock.
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April 8, 2014 3:04:33 PM

RCguitarist said:
ingtar33 said:
One of my housemates has a coolermaster haf 912, plenty of mesh, but lots of hotspots.


With the HAF912 case, anywhere there is mesh, you put a fan. You can fit a 120mm fan under the dvd drive and have straight through airflow to the CPU cooler. Tell your housemate to do that.


I know... believe me i know. But he's not interested. He's got a generally cool running computer and doesn't mind the fact he has pockets of silly hot air in his machine.
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